The Interrogator with Caitlin Mociun

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It takes real skill to make the inherently superfluous feel necessary—imperative, even. But that’s precisely what jewelry designer Caitlin Mociun does. As the owner of Mociun, a stunning shop in Williamsburg filled with fine things of all sorts, Caitlin serves as both curator and creator. Here, shelves are lined with handmade pottery from Illinois, ombre glass tumblers from Japan, mother-of-pearl carving sets made in New Mexico. Her jewelry cases are filled with her own unique designs, which favor unexpected shapes, uncommon stones, and asymmetrical settings. It is jewelry made for the thinking person, by a thinking person.

Before her official foray into jewelry, the RISD grad designed her own clothing line. She would occasionally introduce homegoods and accessories, and, in 2008, she started putting some of her jewelry into the mix. Caitlin was deliberate with her process, and spent the next two years honing her aesthetic. Around 2010, she had developed three collections that could stand on their own. By 2011, Caitlin had opened the doors to her eponymous store.

Caitlin’s rise has been steady ever since. People from around the world—often brides to be—seek the designer out for something beautiful and bespoke. It is a real treat, though, to see Caitlin’s wares in person. The store, which has recently found a more spacious home on Driggs Avenue, is a stunning homage to design itself. From the light fixtures to the curved wall of glass blocks, every detail is deliberate. Caitlin Mociun lives and breathes adornment in a way that makes you rethink the definition of adornment itself. If something has to exist in this world, after all, why not make it beautiful?

Below, Caitlin takes us into her shop to talk structure versus spontaneity, confidence in currency, and finding comfort near the sea.

various art pieces on display and mirrors on wall

Place of residence:

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City.

Current occupation:

Entrepreneur and jewelry designer.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A memorable creative.

Quote to live by:

“Money is a river; more will always come.” As a self-made entrepreneur, I remind myself of this often.

various glasses and faces on display on shelves

First job you ever had:

Technical textile designer.

Least favorite part of your day:

Checking my email.

Windows down, the song you’re playing is:

Right Down the Line” by Gerry Rafferty. It’s my and my husband’s song.

Three guilty pleasures:

Fried chicken, designer clothing, driving to work because the office is a 15-minute walk from home.

woman behind glass counter, smiling

If you had to watch one movie on repeat for eternity, what would it be?

It’s a tie between Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory—the 1971 version—and Labyrinth.

You have a million dollars to spend on art, you buy…

A Ken Price sculpture.

Plane, train or automobile for a trip?

Plane because I get carsick.

What IS your favorite trip?

Visiting anywhere in Italy, but especially Sicily.

art display of a lobster and seafood plate

Personal travel ethos:

When planning, I like to keep a 50/50 balance of structure and spontaneity.

Drink of choice:

Coconut water.

Beach house or tree house:

Beach house.

various glasses and vases in corner shelves

What is the best news you ever received?

I was ecstatic when I learned I got into RISD. That was epic. Not really news, but the best gift I ever received was my cat, Cleo.

Who or what is largely overrated? Explain.

TVs in the bedroom. I had a nook built into our bedroom to fit our TV, but I don’t want to watch TV at night anymore, and now I can’t move it anywhere else in the apartment and we keep watching it!

Where was the best meal you ever had and what was it?

During one of my stays at Il Convento di Santa Maria di Costantinopoli, where I got married last year, I had a delicious meal of fresh marinated anchovies on rustic bread and seafood risotto.

caitlin mociun sitting at table, in front of large painting on wall

Briefly describe the best concert you have ever gone to.

Some of my most memorable concerts have been Bjork and Beyonce because they’re both incredible performers, but I prefer going to the ballet or other types of dance/movement performances.

Where do you go for inspiration, peace of mind?

The beach. Anywhere close to the ocean.

Photos courtesy of Atisha Paulson for SIXTY Hotels

Jenny Bahn

Jenny Bahn

Jenny Bahn is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, specializing in music, fashion, the arts, and culture, both high and low. Her work has been featured in Cereal, Lenny Letter, and more.